Elderly house fire victim dies at The Med - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Elderly house fire victim dies at The Med

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - An 89-year-old Memphis woman died at The Regional Medical Center Saturday after suffering severe burns in a house fire. 

Neighbors tried to rescue Willie Baker after the fire broke out on East Trigg Avenue near Michigan Street at around 2:00 p.m. 

Baker lived with her husband, but was home alone when the fire started.

A spokesperson for the Memphis Fire Department said Baker suffered second degree burns on 100 percent of her body.

Despite her severe injuries, the elderly woman managed to escape the burning building on her own.

"It was fully in flames, flames was coming out the door and everything," said neighbor Edward Braxton.

Braxton ran to Baker's house after he received a call about the fire.

"My first instinct, I ran out the house and got down here," he said.

He found Baker lying on the ground just outside the burning house.

"We pulled her to the other side of the street. I didn't know if the house was going to blow up or what," Braxton said. "My first instinct was to grab her and bring her to safety."

Although she'd been burned from head to toe, Baker was still conscious.

"She was responding real well, but she was pretty burnt," Braxton said.

Baker died at the hospital several hours later.

Fire investigators are still working to figure out what caused the blaze.

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